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Ribera Arts Review - March 23, 2023

Artists Together Salon

360 Xochi Quetzal Residency for Creatives is hosting a salon series, Artistas Juntos — Artists Together, Saturday, March 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.

pg17aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." />Writers and musicians have been coming to Lake Chapala to find connection and community as a part of the residency program. This series was created to introduce them to local art enthusiasts and give them a chance to share their work, process and inspirations.

Featured at this salon will be Val Armstrong from Suffolk, England; Gloria Daly from Duncan, British Columbia and Pam Holnback from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Enjoy a discussion and beverages with them on the mirador of Cielito Azul at Constitución 116.


• The Tangled Threads hold their annual Fiber Art Show Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society Neill James Patio. Each member explores the artistry of form, style and technique, offering abstract, pictorial and folk art, up cycled and original clothing and tractional quilted work.

• Sergio Partida Flores presents an exhibition, “Duality from Sculpture to Painting,” at the Centro Cultural Ajijic.

• The Lake Chapala Fine Artists Guild’s Spring Art Show is up at Sol y Luna Hotel Boutique. Gallery. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

• A centennial exhibit honoring watercolorist Lois Schroff is up at Casa del Sol Inn, Javier Mina 7, in Ajijic.

Live Music

pg17bDuo Allegro, featuring Venezuelan Elvis Romero on English Horn and Mexican pianist Rosa Maria Valdez, play two Firebird House Concerts at Pajaro de Fuego 123 in Chapala Haciendas, Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Romeos play at El Barco, Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m.

• Sweet Harmony performs a Disco Night at American Legion Post 7 Chapala, Saturday, March 23, 7 to 9 p.m. 50-peso  cover.

• Klaus Mayer’s Big Band performs jazz and blues Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m. at Finca Madero in Chapala. Tickets, 500 pesos, includes a contribution to Lucky Dog. Taxi service (round-trip from your home) with reservation via WhatsApp at 332-804-0283.

• The Quinteto Metropolitano de Alientos offers a free concert Saturday, April 6, 6 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia, Avenida Madero 220 in Chapala.


A jazz and improvisation workshop will be held Monday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. at San Diego 203 in Riberas del Pilar. Themes are basic to moderately advance jazz progressions, rhythm, styles, and how to approach a tune. Reservations: Arne Wernink at 334-008-7170.

LLT Main Stage

“Tartuffe,” a comedy by Jean Baptiste Moliere and translated by Christopher Hampton, hits the stage at Lakeside Little Theatre April 5 to 14.  Tartuffe, a religious charlatan, worms his way into Orgon’s household, blinding him with his religious “devotion,” all the while planning to seduce his wife and disinherit his children. Lechery, greed, hypocrisy: just as common and hilarious today, in Hampton’s modern-English translation of Tartuffe, as they were in Moliere’s 17th century Paris. Directed by Lynn Phelan. The cast comprises Devin Van Domelin, Mark Donaldson, John Ward, Gary Hassis and Donna Burroughs, Pamela Johnson, Patrick Trotter, Jan Mayer, Linda Goman, Marck Nichols, Cat Clements and Wayne Waterman.

Film shows

The Chapala Indie Film Festival will show the first of four screenings Saturday, March 30, 7 p.m. on the Chapala Malecon. Other screenings will take place on the last Saturday of April, May and June, on the malecons of San Antonio, Ajijic and San Antonio, also at 7 p.m.

LCS Art Camp raffle

pg17cThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." />Raffle tickets are still on sale at LCS inside the main entrance for a beautifully framed and matted original watercolor by Ricardo Sánchez Corona.

Tickets are 100 pesos each, or ten for 900 pesos, available Monday to Saturday (except holidays) from 10 a.m. to noon, through Friday, April 5.

The winner need not be present at the draw to win.
Proceeds from this raffle will help fund the annual LCS Children’s Art Program Summer Art Camp.

For more details on the artist and the raffle, see our story on page 10 of this edition.


The next meeting of the Artists Alliance of Lake Chapala will be held Monday, April 1, 10 a.m. to noon at La Bodega Restaurant in Ajijic. Claudia Essenburg and former ASA President Deena Hafker will jointly facilitate the meeting. Robin McKay will record the minutes.

At a meeting February 23, various members and former ASA members took up responsibilities for the organization. Essenberg distributed a survey asking artists to weigh in on the next steps for setting up the new group, including proposals for its name and structure and the scheduling of future meetings and events. She is collecting responses at email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Barbara Logan was selected to maintain the group’s mailing list and chair a membership committee. Chris Small was named to manage social mixers among interested artists, to be continued on the third Thursday of each month, 4 to 6 p.m., at La Bodega. Ron Janoff, Stephany Andrews, Evan Raymer, Susan Martz and Kathie Karancz stepped forward to sit on a committee to review ASA and AALC bylaws and draft new guidelines for consensus of the substitute association.

Sidni Monroe volunteered to take charge of reorganizing the AALC Junk to Funk Trashion Show. Persons interested in participating may contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

‘All You Need is Love’

A Beatles Concert/Mass will be performed at Saint Andrew’s Anglican/Episcopal Church, San Lucas 19, Riberas del Pilar, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 4, 5 and 6, 4 p.m.

Singing along to Beatles’ favorites such as “Hey Jude,” “Yesterday” and “Let It Be” lifts spirits, and that’s why Fr. James-Francis Twyman has created this “world premiere” of a concert based on music by The Beatles, titled “All You Need is Love.”

pg20“This integrates the prayers and celebrations most Christians are familiar with, but with Beatles’ music,” Twyman says. “For example, ‘Here Comes the Sun’  becomes ‘Here Comes the Son,’ and the words to Paul McCartney’s classic ‘Yesterday’ are changed for the reading of the Gospel.”

Ken Turner is now the St. Andrew’s family choirmaster, as well as director of Lakeside’s Voces del Lago, and will share his considerable talent with the church in what is being called a “Sacred Music Choir.” The Beatles’ inspired concert will be the first offering of the choir.

“We believe that a sacred music choir can move in many directions, so why not an uplifting event with music we all know and love?” Twyman says.  “In this concert ‘Let It Be’ becomes ‘Glory Be,’ which takes the place of the Gloria, and the traditional Sanctus is sung to the music of George Harrison’s ‘Something.’”

For complete information and videos of the music, visit BeatlesConcert.com.


See “Roméo et Juliette” in a Met Live HD screening at Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) Friday through Sunday, April 20 to 22, at 4 p.m. Two singers at the height of their powers—soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s Shakespeare adaptation, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Bartlett Sher’s staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent.

Tickets available online at lakesidelittletheatre.com or at the LLT box office.

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